Poetry Workshop

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery

Enjoy a warming evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

November’s featured poet is Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Weaver will also lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

“Poeming Health” Workshop for Creatively Processing Chronic Illness

Attend a poetry workshop with Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Weaver will lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Free Poetry Workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, with support from the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, are bringing Tod Marshall, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, to town.Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall is coming to Clark County in part to celebrate the release of “WA 129,” the state-wide poetry anthology highlighting the breadth and depth of poetry within our state, with a poet selected for each year of Washington statehood.

Marshall will be participating in several events around town, but local aspiring poets will have a chance to write poetry under his tutelage during a hands-on poetry workshop at the Vancouver Community Library. The workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will include a close reading a few contemporary poems, then students will choose one of the poems as a model for their own poetic works. Students will complete a first draft in class. No previous writing experience is necessary—just enthusiasm! And maybe a pencil.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about library programs and events at this and other libraries, visit www.fvrl.org.

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate

Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, with support from the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, are bringing Tod Marshall, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, to town.Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall is coming to Clark County in part to celebrate the release of “WA 129,” the state-wide poetry anthology highlighting the breadth and depth of poetry within our state, with a poet selected for each year of Washington statehood.

Marshall will be participating in several events around town, but local aspiring poets will have a chance to write poetry under his tutelage during a hands-on poetry workshop at the Vancouver Community Library. The workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will include a close reading a few contemporary poems, then students will choose one of the poems as a model for their own poetic works. Students will complete a first draft in class. No previous writing experience is necessary—just enthusiasm! And maybe a pencil.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about library programs and events at this and other libraries, visit www.fvrl.org.

Workshop: Publishing Your Chapbook

Do you have a slew of unpublished poems or stories that are longing to see the light of day, and the permanence of print? Find out how to get your work out there with “Publishing Your Chapbook,” a workshop with award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams, presented by Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. The workshop, which is being offered in honor of National Poetry Month, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The cost is just $15 per student. To sign up, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or Jackson at leah.angstgallery@gmail.com.

There are countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision. But how best to organize and structure your chapbook? How to make it read cohesively? And what publishing path is the right fit? Join Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, this workshop will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and marketing director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” A seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, Williams has an MA in creative writing from Rivier College and an MA in book publishing from Portland State University. To learn more, visit www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com.

Free Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Ghost Town Poetry is hosting a special Poetry Workshop during its regular Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The Poetry Workshop features Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will be in town with hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna to teach aspiring poets how to make the words go together more better. Marshall, a creative writing and literature teacher at Gonzaga University, is the winner of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award and 2009 finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

The workshop, titled “If You Ain’t No Place, You Can’t Go Nowhere” (See what I mean? Pure poetry), is limited to the first 28 people who sign up by emailing Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com. Attendees will explore ways to connect their imaginations to the landscapes—both real and imagined—of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work through stages freewriting to drafting a poem that will reveal more about where they’ve been, who they are, and where they might go in the future.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is, as always, 100% free, and so is the workshop. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main Street. For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver at printedmattervancouver.com.

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate

Ghost Town Poetry is hosting a special Poetry Workshop during its regular Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The Poetry Workshop features Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will be in town with hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna to teach aspiring poets how to make the words go together more better. Marshall, a creative writing and literature teacher at Gonzaga University, is the winner of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award and 2009 finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

The workshop, titled “If You Ain’t No Place, You Can’t Go Nowhere” (See what I mean? Pure poetry), is limited to the first 28 people who sign up by emailing Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com. Attendees will explore ways to connect their imaginations to the landscapes of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work in stages, from freewriting to drafting a poem that will reveal more about where they’ve been, who they are, and where they might go in the future.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is, as always, 100% free, and so is the workshop. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main Street. For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver at printedmattervancouver.com.